Staff profile

Arran Bee

Lecturer in Journalism

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College of Arts, Humanities and Education




Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I teach across the University of Derby's Journalism, Football Journalism and Specialist Sports Journalism courses, specialising in audio, video and mobile modules.

With more than 15 years' worth of broadcast journalism, and more recently social media, experience, I aim to bring a 'real life' feel to the classroom.

Teaching responsibilities

I introduce first year students to the world of audio and video journalism, develop their skills in separate audio, video and mobile modules throughout the second year then help them specialise in podcasting by the time they reach the third year.

Professional interests

The future of local radio and the effect of digital technology on listening habits are two areas I have a particular interest in, especially how the two issues may affect the content of journalism courses in years to come.

In a similar vein, I am interested in the degree to which mobile and small-scale digital technologies are employed as newsgathering and broadcasting tools, again with a view to keeping my own teaching up-to-date.

Research interests

I am particularly interested in inclusive teaching practice, from two perspectives. Firstly, to ensure that all students have an equally rewarding learning experience, regardless of gender. Secondly, I am committed to playing my part in ensuring that opportunities within journalism are open to new entrants of all socio-economic backgrounds.

Currently, I am co-writing the fourth edition of 'The Radio Handbook' (with John Collins), due to be published by Routledge towards the end of 2020 or start of 2021.

Membership of professional bodies


Experience in industry

Before joining the University of Derby, I was Assistant Editor of BBC Radio Northampton, launching its first new breakfast show in six years. I oversaw big creative projects and carried out day-to-day management duties across the station.

Previously, I was Sport and Programmes Editor at BBC Radio Derby, where I was particularly proud to support the progress of new journalists and producers as they entered the industry. Before that, I led a newsroom at Free Radio West Midlands and worked at several radio and TV stations across the Midlands.